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News and briefs: 'Board eligibility' timeline set for physicians

Credentialing Resource Center Insider, March 30, 2012

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Physicians wishing to become board certified must now do so within a new time frame established by The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

Physicians must complete board certification requirements three to seven years after finishing their residencies, according to ABMS’s new policy, outlined in a recent article on its website. ABMS member specialty boards have until April 16 to set an exact amount of time within that three- to seven-year window in which physicians may achieve certification.

The policy is official as of January 1, 2012. ABMS officials hope the new time frames will:

  • Eliminate the “board eligible” designation that can stretch forever and give a misleading title to undeserving physicians
  • Establish sanctions for physicians who continue to claim board eligibility status beyond the three- to seven-year window

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